This would extend to her non-verbal communications such as attire, stance, and demeanor. Cross culture communications requires that we look at ourselves and reach beyond our limitations in an effort to fit ourselves into the situational context and become more universal (Fitzgerald, 197). Understanding our own cultural identities is the building block that intellectual communication is based on.
Being a woman and returning to school as an older student has influenced my ability to communicate effectively between cultures. As a woman, I must be aware that my communication may become genderized. When speaking to a male or mixed audience, it is imperative that I understand the communication methods I have acquired as a female as well as the perception of the audience. If I am speaking to a diverse audience that has various ethnic groups or races, it is important that I understand how my identity is viewed by their culture. If I were speaking about the right of a woman to equal pay for equal work, my vocabulary and presentation would vary depending on if I am speaking to a black woman or a Muslim man. As an older student, I can be caught mistakenly thinking that I know more than life's experience has actually given me. My skills at presenting a case for a viewpoint may be lacking even though I have an emotional understanding of the argument. My identity as 'older' does not directly coincide with that of being a 'better student'. When communicating with other students, age may garner respect or the opposite may occur. Only by understanding my own identity can I find ways to communicate more clearly and effectively deal with this obstacle.
How does your identity of the work or that job you do affect your communication behaviors
In the situation of working in another department temporarily, there are several identities that are brought to the situation. An important identity is that all the people work for the same company. As such we have a common goal and a common bond. However, the temporary employee is coming in for a short period of time and will be perceived as an outsider. People may not be as outgoing or eager to inform you about the new department since you are not a part of it. You may not understand their jargon, slang, or dress code. To identify with their cultural group, it would be natural to associate yourself with the company first and not the department. This would give you a motivation to talk about your other job or position within the company. To more effectively communicate with the other workers in the new department it would be essential to develop an identity within the new department. Conversation about department specific topics would gain some identity as a member. Showing an interest and understanding of the department's organization and culture would also be helpful to establish yourself as a department member.
Describe an identity that you want to develop in order to increase the effectiveness of your intercultural communication skills and explain how you can use the identity